Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

 
Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Thursday, May 4, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


Ani DiFranco—"Two Little Girls"
From Carnegie Hall 4.6.02 on Righteous Babe
Ani DiFranco’s live shows are legendary, whether performing with a six-piece band or standing alone with her guitar, but some shows stand out from the rest. Ani’s historic 2002 solo performance at Carnegie Hall is one of those. The ecstatic vibrancy of that evening is captured on Righteous Babe Records’ latest release, Carnegie Hall 4.6.02



The Essex Green—"Don’t Know Why (You Stay)"
From Cannibal Sea on Merge Records
The Essex Green blend the old with the new, incorporating the country rock mood of The Byrds, the Greenwich Village balladry of Fred Neil and the acoustic pop harmonizing of the Mamas and The Papas. Add a little of the pure pop perfection of The Monkees to traces of contemporary artists such as The Shins, The Hidden Cameras and Jens Lekman and you have The Essex Green’s recipe for timeless pop that is classic without being retro.



The Church —"Unified Field"
From Uninvited, Like the Clouds on Cooking Vinyl
Art-rock band The Church make music as they desire, without regard for current trend, trusting in the traditional virtues of talent, chemistry and good taste to guide them, an approach that has served them well for over 20 years.  The band has remained one of the world’s most innovative and enigmatic groups justifying praises from the press including “Best guitar band on earth”, “Sonic perfection”, “Sounds that caress the senses.”



Lambchop —"The Distance From Her to There"
From The Decline of Country & Western Civilization Part II: The Woodwind Years on Merge Records
Lambchop make music that defies easy categorization. They make uniquely American music, fluid in nature, grand in scope, made up of a musical melting pot of styles, influences, talent and experience. You can hear all of these on their latest album, a career-spanning compilation of singles, compilation tracks and unreleased gems called The Decline of Country & Western Civilization, Part II



Michael Meldrum —"Forget It"
From Open Ended Question on Righteous Babe Records
Open Ended Question showcases Michael Meldrum’s rich musical background with tracks that range from jubilant New Orleans romps to somber folk ballads. Breezy summer tunes and gritty roadhouse blues become intriguing neighbors to Indian themes and meditative chants, while Meldrum’s honest tales of bars and empty streets make for sincere, accessible songs filled with emotion and interwoven with religious imagery.


Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Wednesday, May 3, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


FEATURED MYSPACE ARTIST
Souad Massi


  World from France


multiple tracks [MySpace]
player [artist site]


Camera Obscura
“I Need All the Friends I Can Get” [MP3]


The Submarines
“Peace and Hate” [MP3]


Mia Doi Todd
“What If We Do?” (Nobody Remix) [MP3]


The Lovely Feathers
“Fudgicle” [MP3]


The Giraffes
“Having Fun” [MP3]


Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Tuesday, May 2, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


PopMatters Sponsor


The iOs

“Resident Alien” [MP3]

multiple songs [MySpace]


The iOs debut full-length, In Sunday Songs is a classic indie-pop, rock album with 10 songs to cheer you up on a rainy Sunday. The iOs mix the keyboard exuberance of Mates of State with the grittier rock guitars of Weezer.


Psychic Ills
“4 AM” [MP3]
“Killers” [MP3]


Juelz Santana
“Clock Work” [windows | real]


The Octopus Project
“Malaria Codes” [MP3]


Tokyo Police Club
“Cheer It On” [MP3]
“Nature of the Experiment” [MP3]


Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Monday, May 1, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


Sean Na Na
“Double Date” [MP3]
“Grew Into My Body” [MP3]
“Princess and the Pony” [MP3]
“Tumor Party” [MP3]


DeVotchKa
“Venus in Furs” [MP3]


Clor
“Good Stuff” [windows | real]
“Hearts on Fire” [windows | real]
“Love & Pain” [windows | real]


Alias + Tarsier
“Dr. C” [MP3]


Debbie Harry & Iggy Pop
video: “Well Did You Evah?” [windows | quicktime]


The Eastern Stars
“The Diamonds in Your Eyes” [MP3]


Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Friday, Apr 28, 2006
by PopMatters Staff


FEATURED ARTIST
Neil Young
Living With War [full album stream]


On May 2, Neil Young will release Living With War—a 10-song collection that the artist describes as a “metal folk protest”—as a digital download album.  But you don’t have to wait for May 2… PopMatters is presenting a full album stream for your listening pleasure.
“This album is about exchanging ideas,” Young told CNN in a live interview last week on the steps of Warner Bros./Reprise Records in Burbank. “It’s about getting a message out. It’s about empowering people by giving them a voice. I know not everyone believes what I say is what they think, but red and blue is not black and white. We’re all together. It’s a record about unification.”
Living With War has already set fans and the media abuzz over the Internet due to its reflections on the Iraqi war and the turmoil in this country. It was written and recorded in two weeks with Young on electric guitar, vocals and harmonica, Chad Cromwell on drums, Rick Rosas on bass, and Tommy Bray on trumpet, along with a 100-member choir. One choir member, speaking to a British newspaper, said the recording session was “like being at a 12-hour peace rally.” [full album stream]


Hot Chip
“Baby Said” [MP3]
“Playboy” [MP3]


Lansing-Dreiden
“A Line You Can Cross” [MP3]


Rose Melberg
“Golden Gate Bridge” [MP3]
“The Time Has Come” [MP3]


Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.